The following is a questionnaire sent out by The Bee to candidates for the November 2009 election. Candidates supplied the answers, and they are being published it their unedited form.
What is your full, legal name?
Michelle Denise McCullough
What name do you prefer be used in print?
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What office do you seek?
Newman Crows Landing Unified School District School Board Trustee
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
I am dedicated to empowering all students for a successful transition to adult life. I feel that our District can better prepare students whether it is through the college-bound – A.P track, or the Alternative Education track towards a High School Diploma.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
To improve the success rate of the High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), AP Subjects Final Exams, and STAR testing by developing the academic competitiveness of our students.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
I have been an active participant in my children’s education. One of my children went through the District on the college-bound track, the other child through the Alternative Education track, so I have personal experience in both of these avenues.
What position do you hold regarding the removal of “Bless Me, Ultima” or other works?
I feel that throughout this conflict much of the attention was focused on the removal of the book itself, as opposed to how it was being taught. I feel that the teaching of the literature and curriculum used in the English department is of a bigger concern.
Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)
I am a Project Manager for Champion Industrial Contractors, a mechanical contractor in Modesto, CA.
What date were you born and where?
November 17, 1969 in Macon, GA
What is your spouse's name, if any?
What are the names and ages of your children, if any?
David Guzman, age 18, and Ryan Guzman, age 17.
Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when.
San Lorenzo Valley High School, Felton, CA - Diploma 1987
Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA and Modesto Junior College, Modesto, CA – General Education
Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)
Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)
Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?
Have you ever been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? If so, please explain and include dates and locations.
Have you or a business you owned or had principal interest in ever filed bankruptcy? If so, please include dates and the location the bankruptcy was filed.